Happy Monday Misfits!
I hope everyone is having a not too dreary Monday. I know my day started off with a lot of rain!
This past weekend, Thor: Ragnarok just premiered! I know I’m really looking forward to seeing it in theaters tonight. Something that stood out to me was that the Thor fanbase has grown immensely, bringing him to the level of Superman, Batman, and other famous heroes.
While I’m not trying to bring Thor down, I find myself wondering why he’s such a popular hero and if his movie persona is truly that of a hero.
Traditionally, Marvel heroes are made to be imperfect, as a step away from DC characters but Thor was the direct opposite of that. Out of all of the other heroes in the MCU, he is the only one who doesn’t really fit into the mold that the heroes like Spiderman did, that they were just like you. His lack of humanity literally put him a step above. Even with their attempts to humanize him, they weren’t able to bring down that much. He has family and love troubles but something that really put him to the side was the fact that all the other heroes in MC universe end up overcoming their problems, whereas his problem is his lack of humility, which a lot of humans still don’t understand the concept. He resembles the jock stereotype more than other heroes which he overcomes in later comics and movies. He also has a secret identity by the name of Donald Blake, a human medical student, which he doesn’t really use as much as the other characters in the Marvel universe, but utilizing his alter ego when necessary.
In his origin story in the comics, Thor is a headstrong and proud boy which his father sees and decides that he needs a lesson in humility. His memory is erased and he truly believes that he is human, before coming across the Mjolnir in Norway while still without his memory. Eventually, it is revealed that Blake has been Thor this entire time and he regains his memories. Throughout the comic book series, he grows as a character, falling in love with Jane Foster, becoming more human with each variation. Continuing with his affinity towards Earth, he starts to regard himself as a superhero when he starts to work with the Avengers.
When it comes to movie persona, Thor has the same problem, acting like a boy gone wild and was subsequently banished from Asgard to learn how to become worthy. Just like in the comics, he’s extremely brash and believes that he is entitled to rule Asgard. Due to him starting a war against the Frost Giants, his father concludes that he is vain and needs to be taught a lesson. Stripped of his mighty hammer, which is where a good amount of his strength comes from, he ends up being tasered and the movie continues on. They follow the Jane Foster route and through her, he learns compassion and humility which is apparent at the end of the first movie. While in both the comics and the movies, Thor seems to grow in the way that his father wanted him to, even he knows when to admit defeat, which is a part of what led Jane Foster to become the New Thor. When you follow the just the comic persona, he is no longer worthy of the titles he has earned and does fight the change of hands, asking Jane for the Hammer back, even though he knew he couldn’t weld it. After a while, he accepts this new Thor, not knowing it’s Jane, and gives her the Thor name, changing his name to Odinson. While the movie persona hasn’t gotten to that point, I would be very interested to see how they handled it, considering Jane is still a big part of Thor’s life.
If you haven’t seen it by now, I’d suggest watching all of the movies, including Ragnarok one right after the other. That’s all I have this week! Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and on here! Be on the lookout for the premiere of our podcast coming later in November!
Have a good one misfits!